Got my Gyaru On
Photo by HI HI CARO!
Went to ZIPPERCUT
's Japanology Hello Kitty/Gyaru chapter briefly last Wednesday night! Felt a little strange in my attempt to emulate the gyaru style
-- good enough for the first (last??) attempt, I suppose? Unfortunately, I didn't get to stay long and take as many photos that night.
The event was already well on its way by the time I got there. The hair stylists and make-up aritsts were busy making girls look pretty. I sat in at the beginning of the gyaru lecture by the guest speaker. I wished my headache/ill feelings didn't overcome me so I could have sat through the whole slideshow lecture... this is one of those Japanese subcultures that has always interested me, but I've never taken the time to delve into its full history. It's a strange dynamic of Japanese women attempting to take back some 'power' in a society where women were expected to be subservient. In a way, they are taking what was expected of them and turning it against the social standards! I've always found Japan's extreme rebellions quite interesting... but somehow, it all goes back to a large, fashion movement.
Small collection of photos HERE!
Labels: event, gyaru, hello kitty, japanology, royal-t, zippercut
Hello Kitty's weight is equal to Three Apples!
I went to the Meet the Artist reception for the Three Apples art exhibit at Royal-T Cafe and it was way cool!
I decided to get there a little early in the afternoon since events were scheduled throughout the whole day. I wanted to avoid having to line up to get in later that night. Fortunately, one of the artist, Angry Woebot, was already well on his way in his live painting session. I even watched Peekabo Monster put the last touches on his painting. It was amazing to watch Camilla d'Errico start a piece and finish it live. She is so precise with her brush strokes... I was incredibly impressed by her process! She didn't even make one mistake- and if she did, she hid it really well. I was pretty inspired by the end of the night by all the creativity. Close to the end of the night, they brought out a final canvas where all the artists made a mark. Mostly doodles, but still cool to have a single canvas with so many different artists (such as Gary Basseman!) creating graffiti on it.
The line to the Sanrio store inside the cafe was tremendous. There was also a long line for screen printing your own Hello Kitty shirts with designs from the artists. I didn't have the patience to get in line for it so I passed up on getting a Lady Gaga Hello Kitty shirt, unfortunately! Ha!
The exhibit was constantly full of people and more streamed in as the night went on. My friends, the girls of Bubble Punch
kept me company on and off in between their work duties. They will be hosting the Hello Kitty Goth Party this Friday the 13th! It's going to be amazing and fun.
The enthusiasm for Hello Kitty has been tremendous.
It's fun to look at the vintage merchandise on display and hear girls exclaiming: "I used to have that!"
It made me realize how Sanrio really has been a part of people's childhood then and even now. She is a simple icon that each generation seem to relate to, no matter how much she has aged. Good job, Hello Kitty! Here's to another 35 years!
More photos at my Meet the Artists flickr set!
Labels: art, bubblepunch, event, hello kitty, royal-t, sanrio, three apples
Japanology : BOSOZOKU
I never got around to posting about this event--- better late than never, I guess! Royal-T Cafe
host a monthly(ish) event called 'Japanology'
. Each month, they pick a topic of focus about one of Japan's many, and most of the time deviant, subcultures. In September, I attended a movie screening and lecture about Bosozoku
, aka biker gangs in Japan!
There was a small photo booth set up with a vintage motorcycle as prop for the models. It was fun hanging out and pretending to be a 'yanki
' for the night.
I admit, I use to daydream about joining a Japanese girl biker gang! This was as close as I could get, I guess...
Me in the center of a truly formidable gang of badass ladies.
I don't know if you can tell, but we had fun. CLICK HERE to see the rest of the photos!
Labels: bosozoku, costumes, event, japanology, royal-t
It's that time again...
It's this weekend already! The mecca of comic book geeks alike! Comic-Con
in San Diego!
Once again, Nancy and I will BOTH be attending the convention, armed with our own agenda and schedule of panels we would like to see. I really hope I can get into at least a couple of awesome panels this year. Of course, I hope to meet cool and talented people too.
Full report will come after the weekend, but for now, I leave you with these awesome photos taken by Andrew Yoon
, and posted on the Zippercut
website. Thanks, guys!
Me, Miss Missy, and Mjade!
Labels: art, art show, comiccon, cosplay, crusaders and haters, event, photobooth, royal-t
pinning on the cape
Not only was Crusaders & Haters
full of superhero fun-- but myself and fellow blogger, Nancy (aka Mjade) has been reunited after two years! Whew! It's been awhile! But she is currently visiting from England up until Comic-Con in San Diego next weekend.
These type of nerdy parties are more of my scene than hers, so we all appreciate her making the effort to attend! GO NANCY!
Missy, Nancy, and me!
This is by far one of the more crowded Royal-T event that I've attended. The art show was curated by Danie Franzese, and the costume opening party was organized by the lovely Mandy of ZIPPERCUT
. Good music, good crowd, and a great photographer (Drew Yoon) was present to take pictures at the photo booth.
Of course, the usual crowd of ladies-- and some gentlemen!-- who loves to dress up attended sporting some great costumes!
Who said nerds couldn't have a classy and fun party?
True Mee as She-Ra and me!
Check out the rest of my photos on my flickr!
Labels: art, art show, crusaders and haters, event, royal-t
Coming Up: CRUSADERS & HATERS
For more information, please visit ZIPPERCUT.com!
A super hero themed art show! Opening night is this Friday night, at Royal-T in Culver City, CA!
I'm trying to put together a last minute superhero inspired outfit. I might need to make a cape... I know loads of other people will be putting together really elaborate and wonderful costumes, so don't miss out!
Labels: art, art show, crusaders and haters, event, royal-t
Cirque du so Lame - not so lame!
I went to my first Zippercut.com
hosted party at the Royal-T Cafe in Culver City. As I expected, it turned out to be a pretty fabulous event, albeit the place got a little crowded! Which is a sign of a successful party, of course. I had to miss the Bob Baker show, unfortunately, because there was no way of penetrating the crowd at the back of the restaurant by the time I arrived.
Of course, the usual creative group of ladies were present, like Michelle aka chubby bunny
(she sells hand made bows which are available at Royal-T! Super cute!), who created her entire outfit from scratch.
Fiery red babe, True Mee (aka yume ninja
), customized her costume-- hottest lion tamer of all circus town? I think so!
Jenny, from what I've heard, made her entire costume in ONE day! Below is a photo of her with Julie (aka smiley squid
) who is a dress making extra-ordinaire. They both looked super-gorgeous that night.
Sheyne's monkey box was a big hit that night! She even had a bear on drums, which became my favorite that night (though sadly, I didn't get a photo of it!)
In other words, if you want to meet and mingle with some of the most creative people in town, you can definitely find them at the next themed party at Royal-T.
Check out all my photos on flickr
Labels: cirque du so lame, event, royal-t, zippercut
Cirque du so Lame
Another week, another Royal-T/Zippercut event!
I don't plan to be anything exciting, but I'll be armed with my camera.
More info at Zippercut.com!
Labels: event, royal-t, zippercut
Mad Tea Party
This past Saturday, Royal-T Cafe
hosted a Alice in Wonderland themed event, which mostly catered to the lolita and doll collectors subcultures. My friend and I went to check it out to take loads of photos and eat some delicious food!
I love, love, loooooooove the food at this restaurant!!! I also highly recommend their great selection of tea, especially
their Royal Milk Tea. The Royal-T High Tea set is a good choice for people who are eating here for the first time. It has a selection of finger food and samples of most of the desserts! Plus, your choice of tea, of course. We ordered the "Queen's High Tea" set, which was a special for this particular event. I thought the addition of the cupcake on top was pretty fun.
Check out the rest of my photos on my flickr!
Labels: event, lolita, mad tea party, royal-t
Shine Like a Diamond!
This past Saturday, Japan LA
collaborated on a themed party called 'Diamond in the Sky', or "SHINY PARTY!" for short. I love the Royal/T space and it was a lot of fun to see people dressed up in glitter, sequins and various other shiny materials. The djs got everybody dancing and the dance circles were definitely one of my favorite things from that night!
Japan LA set up a temporary store inside the cafe, and built a tower of Hello Kitty! (seen in above photo) It became a popular back drop for photo ops.
It didn't get as crowded as I thought it would, which is kind of a good thing-- but there were definitely enough people that showed up to call it a pretty fabulous party.
They were serving some party food and I had the vegetable quesidilla and the beef skewers. The quesidilla was my favorite and I also had a pomegranate martini. I did a sake shot with a friend, who ended up almost dying from it! You know your friends love you when they're willing to die just to make you happy (since I demanded she do it with me!). Even my boyfriend had fun, admitting that he would never have known about these types of events if it weren't for me. I made him a shiny, silk vest to match my dress.
We didn't leave until the party actually ended and the boyfriend and I headed to Johnny's pastrami on Sepulveda for a late, late night dinner. We ordered a pastrami sandwich to split between us (they're huge), french fries and a slice of apple pie. Best way to end the night!
Labels: event, royal-t, shiny party
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